Posted on: May 8, 2009 12:41 am

Dallas Teams

Cowboys, Mavericks, Rangers, Stars....

Of the 4 major Dallas teams the last one to win a championship was the Stars back in '99. The Stars have been back to the finals once, the following year, while the Mavericks got to the finals and let a 2-0 lead slip thru their grasp. As for the Cowboys and Rangers well neither have won a playoff match-up during the last 10-plus years. The stars aren't so bright in Texas.

So when will be the next time you see one of these teams holding up a title? The mavs window has seemed to close, the cowboys have been over-hyped and don't have leadership, the stars are over-achievers most years with this last being an exception, while the rangers haven't made it thru the door into the room to see a door close.

Problems with each team

Dallas Cowboys-America's team HA. They were the favorite in the NFC and failed to make the playoffs. All you heard about was the talent, the 13 pro-bowlers from the year before. Never put too much emphasis on pro bowlers. The cowboys had more than the undeafeted Patriots. This last year Washington had the most and were a .500 team. Philip Rivers had better numbers than the MVP Manning yet wasn't voted top 3.

Without T.O. the offensive production will drop. They lose their best playmaker and  the man who led the league in rec Td's the last 3 years. For the fans who think they will be better without T.O. don't count on it. I can easily see Dallas dropping every division game and throw in having to play the Chargers and Saints(cause of coach Payton) I don't see them breaking thru this year. Everyone in the division got better apart from the cowboys.

Dallas Mavericks- They have talent to compete year in and year out but they aren't a force that scares teams. They can't compete vs. a quick SG and any teams that attacks the basket and are physical can beat this team. I like some of the pieces and I love the way the owner works. Its not about money its about championships. Kidd, as much as I have loved watching him throughout his career needs to go. His defense or lack there of is hurting the team. He still can pass like no other and hit the open man but the game isn't played on just one side of the court.

They will lose this series to Denver as they are down 2-0 right now. They can't compete against them, the Hornets,or the Lakers which is a problem being in the west. If they found a way to avoid all 3 teams somehow in the playoffs they would have a shot.

Texas Rangers- As much as we want to blame pitching, it is a hitters ball-park. Any young pitcher is going to struggle and have confidence issues while any all-star matured pitcher wouldn't come here cause lets face it, we won't pay them enough. I do like what Nolan Ryan has done with the team. I love what Milwood is doing on the mound and we have a hitters chance in every game. At 15-13 they are sitting atop the AL West.

They have the bats but pitching is a concern, there isn't much to the bullpen and the only starter I trust is Milwood. If this team can survive the 3 weeks after the all-star break and get on a run late in the year with some help they could be a plesant surprise.

Dallas Stars- Over the last decade this has been the most consistent team in big D. They are in a trasitional time when you see guys like Modano playing on there last legs. I love Modano, my favorite hockey player, but he isn't what he used to be. Turco can be great but then again Turco can be very bad. He is scary with his movement outside the crease, but is probably the best goalie in the game at it. My only problem with Turco is that he drops down quick on one-on-ones  and dives for the puck leaving everything up top open. Morrow is key to this team and he must stay healthy. Noone could score the last 2 months of the season and thats why they fell out of playoff contention. Most the major pieces are set but they could use another center that is young.

One word. Healthy. They need to be in order to go far. Next year will be a lot better and I see them getting back past the 1st round and pending match-ups they might go one step further.

What it to come

I don't think you are going to see anything close to what Philadelphia experienced with a winless drought. With that said I don't foresee a championship in the next 3 years for sure unless major changes occur. I give the best chance to the Mavericks but only cause they consistently make the playoffs while the other 3 hang around the .500 mark.

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